The American Soldier-Zooniverse

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The American Soldier in World War II will render these rich, untapped sources accessible to the public for the first time. Some 65,600 images of handwritten survey responses have been digitized by the National Archives. The project team is using Zooniverse to transcribe the entire collection. By making these sources text searchable, students, scholars, and the public will quite literally write these tens of thousands of personal expressions of soldiers into the historical record. Phase II of the project will reunite these verbatim free comments with the ARB data sets through an open-access website that will allow the public and researchers to read, mine, and interact with these remarkable sources. The objective of this project is to provide the most complete and comprehensive portrait of the largest army in the nation's history. In addition to its public value, the project will benefit researchers and scholars in history and American studies, the behavioral and social sciences, African American studies, psychiatry, and, among other disciplines, military studies. Among these beneficiaries will be the project director, who is studying social adjustment from wartime to peacetime. For more information about this project and how to sign up, please navigate here https://www.zooniverse.org/projects/tkotwim/the-american-soldier/about/research
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